HC Deb 05 December 1985 vol 88 c294W
Mr. Cartwright

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what investigation has been made into the extent of soil contamination at the site of the new Woolwich prison; and what steps have been taken to deal with the problem.

Sir George Young

The Property Services Agency commissioned reports from a specialist laboratory and from the environmental safety group of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Harwell. In the light of the reports' recommendations, some limited areas heavily contaminated with metal were identified. The contamination will be disposed of under controlled conditions. The greater part of the site will then be covered with clean fill to varying depths of up to 1.5 metres. The necessary work is scheduled to begin early in 1986.